Shooting for the records

Another humid day over 90 degrees, with storms likely this afternoon. Tomorrow will be hot, but less humid.

Today’s news starts rough – but hang tight, there are ponies at the end.


Baltimore added three more murders since Tuesday night: two overnight fatal shootings late Tuesday / early Wednesday, and another shooting death yesterday evening.This puts July at a staggering 42 homicides – tying May’s historic count, and putting an exclamation point on Baltimore’s most lethal three months in its history.

While police blocked off Wednesday night’s fatal shooting scene, mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and interim police commissioner Kevin Davis spoke at a sometimes-heated public safety forum in east Baltimore.

Davis: “I know it may be hard for you to believe it, but our department has gotten better in the past 3 months.”


Earlier this week, Baltimore city released thousands of internal emails and other documents related to the city’s handling of unrest on April 27th, in response to a Maryland Public Information Act request. Through the work of City Explainer and donors, the full archive is now publicly available.

Baltimore Rex presents your guide to the unrest emails, with links to the most interesting, important things in the pile, including sources for information reported on by other outlets. One new find: on April 28th, local cybersecurity firm ZeroFox shared a threat assessment with city officials, highlighting well-known #BlackLivesMatter activists as potentially dangerous.


Gov. Larry Hogan is expected to announce the closing of the infamous, ancient Baltimore City Detention Center later today. The jail, run by the state, currently holds around 750 male inmates. In operation since 1859, the jail has been criticized for substandard, dangerous conditions and a history of corruption (the Black Guerilla Family gang basically ran the place for years). The inmates and corrections staff will be moved to other facilities.


An electronic road sign went a bit off script in west Baltimore yesterday. (PHOTO) Later, the sign with changed, cycling through traffic detours and messages like, um, Respect The Police.


Thousands came to the Eastern shore to watch yesterday’s annual Assateague to Chincoteague pony swim. (PHOTOS) Each year, the feral pony population is herded on Assateague Island and steered through the water towards Chincoteague. Some of the ponies will be auctioned off (controlling the population), before heading back to Assateague.